This workshop includes a distinguished panel of four social science researchers from Rutgers University and American University. These researchers will describe their respective substantive areas and offer their thoughts about studying trauma and experiences with secondary trauma. Panelists will also address the conference theme of grand challenges for social work through a discussion of how unaddressed STS and a lack of awareness for the needs of researchers hinders the field’s ability to effectively move the collective agenda for social change forward. Panelists will also address setting a research agenda as it relates to the challenge of managing secondary traumatic stress for researchers studying trauma related topics.
The following topics will be discussed: 1) defining Secondary Traumatic Stress; 2) identifying risk factors that might make researchers more vulnerable to STS; 3) symptomology of STS; 4) tools to manage and prevent STS; 5) gaps in the literature; and 6) implications for research and policy.
The workshop will include a discussion of current best practices in managing and preventing STS among research professionals. During a ninety-minute session, panelists will address the topics above through prepared presentations, interactive learning through the use of handouts and small group exercises, and will wrap up the session with audience questions and a group discussion.
By the end of the workshop participants will be familiar with the various forms of STS. Participants will also have the knowledge to identify possible triggers for STS, possible symptoms, and helpful practices to address the challenges associated with conducting trauma-related research. Participants will also be able to identify areas for future research, policy development, and practice techniques sensitive to the effects of secondary traumatic stress.